Belmont Park’s Spring/Summer meet concluded Sunday afternoon with jockey Jose Ortiz winning his third straight title on the New York Racing Association circuit and trainer Chad Brown earning his first at the 54-day meet. Michael Dubb topped the owners’ standings with 12 victories.
“I feel great–it’s really a good accomplishment to win this meet,” said Ortiz, who previously won the riding titles at both Aqueduct’s winter inner track meet as well as the 19-day spring meet. “[Belmont] is a tough meet because it’s the best. I’ve been blessed to keep myself healthy and I ride for a lot of good trainers and they gave me opportunities. I feel great about keeping the momentum going as we go up to Saratoga.”
Ortiz rode a total of 78 winners, garnering more than $5.7 million in earnings.
Brown, the leading trainer on the New York Racing Association circuit in 2015, won at a nearly 29% clip, sending out 38 winners from 132 starters with earnings of $4.3 million.
The New York racing schedule shifts northward to Saratoga when its iconic 40-day summer meet gets underway Friday.